8th European Forest Pedagogics Congress
The world is changing rapidly. Urgent steps must be taken to to strength our physical and emotional links with nature in order to face climate change and the energy crisis, to preserve biodiversity and to supply enough food and renewable materials to a growing population. The need to make significant steps towards sustainable development is more urgent than ever and forests seem to be in the cross-road of all those challenges.
3rd International Congress on Planted Forests
3rd International Congress on Planted Forests
16th - 21st May 2013
Plenary Meeting to be held in Lisbon
Scientific workshops in Bordeaux, Dublin and Porto
CALL FOR PAPERS: DEADLINE FEBRUARY 28, 2013
Registrations and more information here
Context and objectivesThe 3 rd International Congress on Planted Forests aims to investigate the contribution of planted forests to sustainable development in the context of global changes. Topics will include the sustainability of planted forests in the context of changing climates and the future role of planted forests in environmental protection and REDD+.
Two international conferences on planted forests have been previously held in Chile in 1999 and in New Zealand in 2003. Both of these conferences highlighted the need to promote the multiple dimensions of Sustainable Forest management (SFM) in view of the social and environmental challenges of the 21 st century.
Since then, new research, global assessments of planted forest resources and outlook studies for wood from planted forests, best practice guidelines and many interesting cases of country applications from around the world have documented and further emphasized the global significance of planted forests. In parallel, international processes and financing mechanisms have increasingly recognized the central role of planted forests for mitigating climate changes, conserving biodiversity and combating land degradation. In contrast to these positive developments, negative social and environmental impacts of planted forests have given rise to concern.
It is therefore timely to investigate the contribution of planted forests to sustainable development in the context of global changes and to organize this Third International Congress on Planted Forests.
Current issues surrounding planted forests will be addressed, alongside their productive, environmental and social functions and the challenges they present. The target audience includes scientists, policy makers, forest and resource economists, forest investment managers, the private forest sector and forest managers, as well as the wood industry, pulp and paper companies, bioenergy actors and the carbon market sector.
Five of the major European Atlantic countries ( Spain, France, Ireland, United Kingdom and Portugal) with large areas of planted forests have joined forces to organise this congress under the coordination of the Atlantic Regional Office of the European Forest Institute (EFIATLANTIC), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Unión de Silvicultores del Sur de Europa (USSE).
The congress will comprise two successive and complementary events spread over a week:
1. Three parallel scientific workshops, to be held in a European Atlantic city (Bordeaux, Dublin and Porto) on the 16 th and 17 th May, followed by a field excursion focusing on issues discussed in the workshop on 18 th May.
2. A plenary meeting held in Estoril near Lisbon in Portugal on 20 th and 21 st May.
Participants may register for both the workshop of their choice and for the plenary meeting. Alternatively, it is possible to attend either one of the workshops or the plenary meeting.
The USSE is an European Economic Interest Group (AEIE), founded in 1989, which integrates different associations of forest owners in southern Europe, including 3 Portuguese associations, 7 Spanish associations, 2 French ones and one Greek, and it has a close relationship with regional owners and national associations throughout Europe. USSE members are regionally based organizations with broad and rooted knowledge of forestry at local level, market structures and attitudes of forest owners who work in regions, communities or Southern European countries that are part of the European Union.
From this unique force, it aims to develop and unify forestry in different regions, eliminating barriers to achieve broad cooperation and the setting of an integrated, transparent and efficient forest market,
USSE is also a member of the following organizations:
|IEFC (European Institute for Cultivate Forest)||IFFA (International Family Forest Alliance)|
|EFI (European Forest Institute)||PEFC internacional|
|ECOSOC (United Nations Economic and Social Council)|
It has taken part in several R&D cooperative projects and it organizes international events.
USSE’s core area comprises more than 10% of the forested area in the UE-27, a great diversity of landscapes, socioeconomic contexts and forest management styles.